Gutters are the unsung heroes of your home’s exterior. They protect your foundation by redirecting rainwater safely away from your house. But, like all heroes, gutters have their limits. And when they reach their breaking point, it’s time to call in a roofing contractor for a replacement. Here are some warning signs to watch out for.
Splits and Cracks
Even though you might not think it’s a huge deal now, those tiny cracks in your gutters will soon spread and ruin your gutters if you don’t fix them. These cracks can harm the foundation below, the shingles above the gutters, and the fascia boards behind the gutters.
If you have doubts about whether your gutters need to be replaced, you should contact a roofing contractor.
Gutters made of galvanized steel will have a specific coating to prevent water penetration. When this paint begins to peel and flake, it means that water has made its way through to the metal underneath. Keep an eye out for signs of rust as well.
Mildew or Pools of Water Near the Foundation
Gutters are installed so that water can be directed away from a building’s foundation. Pools of water or mold growth near the foundation may be signs that the gutters are malfunctioning. Contacting a roofing contractor is important since water can easily destroy your home’s foundation, necessitating time-consuming and expensive repairs.
Because you don’t need to be on a ladder to see this, it is one of the easiest ways to determine whether you need gutter repairs or replacement. When gutters sag or pull away from the house, it’s a sign that they’re too full of water and buckling under the weight. You should contact a roofing contractor to assess the extent of the damage.
Breaks in the Seams
At all times, make sure there is a tight seal where your gutters meet. If this seal is broken or damaged, it could lead to leaks and other problems. Breaks in the gutter seams are easily repaired, but if you find they are frequently happening, it may be time to replace your gutters.
Don’t wait until it’s too late! If you see any of the above signs, it’s time to replace your gutters. Contact TEO Construction today for a free estimate on your gutter repair or replacement